has become here a central player and very much a team player for the obama administration, and he, by his own admission, said this was an idea that had been discussed, obama/putin. if the president -- >> if that was true why did he say it couldn't be done? >> if the president had aired this proposal earlier, it would have undercut his idea of saying i want congress to approve military action. so now -- >> but to brit's point, if the secretary of state is reacting to a question, and at the end of the question says, and he's not going to do it and it will not happen, obviously that cannot happen. >> they did not believe it, and the russians came in and said, no, no, we think this can happen and assad said i'd like to do it. that changed the dynamic. i don't think that's a reason to put down the president. >> he was driving towards a vote in congress that virtually nobody thought would pass and they had already written off -- >> i don't think it would have passed in the house, but i think he had a very good shot in the senate. >> he said he wasn't confident.